An angling friend who is an accomplished biologist was watching me put some of our Murray's Flying Beetles in my fly box for my personal use. He asked "Do you know why that fly is so effective on trout streams?" Then he stated, "There are over 200 beetle-type insects along our trout streams an the trout feed heavily on any of them." This is my favorite summer dry fly. I use the size 14 now. Then as the streams drop I switch to size 16 then on down to a size 18 when they get very low.
Stream Conditions: This is a great time to park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and National Forest roads on top of the mountains and hike down the trails to fish the upper sections of the streams. You can also get good fishing by accessing the streams from the bottom and hiking up .For more information on these streams and access, check out my book Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park. These streams are clear so sneak along to prevent from scaring the fish.
Skyline Drive is now open in all sections. This can change frequently if we have storms. To check the status of the Skyline Drive please call 540-999-3500, option 1, option 1 for the latest update before heading to these streams.
Recommended Gear: I am using a 6ft or 7 1/2ft 5X Leader on a 2 to 4 weight fly rod--preferably 8ft or shorter.